Divorce Mediator Massachusetts Testimonials

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Divorce Mediator Massachusetts Ben Stich

Lauren | Child Custody Mediation and Post-Divorce Mediation

Child custody and all matters of divorce can be emotional, complex and difficult, Ben was able to navigate both while being respectful, understanding and extremely patient and helpful. His background as a counselor, vs. a legal background, kept the process focused on the issues and not all about the legal technicalities that can make child custody more about the law then the child. We were able resolve our issues quickly which allowed us to move past the negotiations and into conversations on how to increase trust and better co-parent our child. I am very pleased with our decision to choose this route and would highly recommend Ben to anyone.

Brian | Divorce Mediation MA

My wife and I found ourselves locked into disagreements ranging from parenting schedule to providing racial balance for our bi-racial children to school district choices to responsibilities of children’s items, such as a special blanket, to child support and asset division; nothing was off limits and the longer the divorce prolonged, the more misunderstanding, lack of trust and animosity grew between us. Ben was a voice of reason and compassion, that time and time again reeled us back to a place where the possibility of good will between two opposing forces took root to resolution. Ben’s approach is disarming but he challenges each party to look at the integrity hidden beneath the hurt, to honor, recognize and answer, “What is fair?”

Hon. Christina Harms (ret.) | Director, Child and Family Psychological Evaluation Service (“CAFPES”) | Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law | Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

As a recently retired Probate and Family Court judge (after serving 23 years on the bench) I have rarely found an individual as skilled as Ben in working with High Conflict families (the parents, and the children). He is smart, funny, kind, direct, compassionate, and gets right to the point. I have seen him make tremendous progress with some of the most troubled and stuck parents that I work with. Equally impressive is his ability to help parents (even those who do not get along at all) improve their parenting of difficult teenagers. I have referred families to Ben in a steady stream, and I will continue to do so. His talent is really quite special.

Josh Hoch | Director of Mediation and Arbitration Services | MWI

I have known Ben for many years and was glad he finally chose to become a mediator. Families will benefit from working with him. His experience working with parents and children, parents, and divorcing couples is vast. If you choose Ben as your mediator, you will be pleased.

Richard Cohen | Principal, Great Pond Resolutions | Founder and Director, School Mediation Associates

Ben is the real deal. He’s great at connecting with young people, even those who are hard to reach. He’s a wonderful listener who put parents at ease. And he’s an experienced and dedicated conflict resolution professional who helps families find solutions to even the thorniest of problems. I highly recommend him.

Nora Rushford | Professor, Simmons School of Social Work | Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist

Ben Stich brings so many unique and valuable skills to his work as a mediator. He is empathic, he is always an active listener, he is never confrontational or judgemental, he instills hope that conflicts can be resolved, and as a trained social worker and mediator he understands the profound stress that all parties experience when in the midst of conflict. I have had the great honor of working with Ben for a number of years, and can truly say that all who have worked with Ben have benefited from his expertise.

Tina | Advanced Divorce Mediation Trainee

Clear personable and caring. His style and perspectives and “tools” were very much appreciated. I could see he was modeling the mediation technique he was teaching us to use. Inspiring and motivating – thank you!!

Elizabeth | Divorce Mediation Client

You were very patient and had a very comfortable and realistic disposition. When things got too much emotionally you knew when to step back and let us have time….I think the one moment that explains my experience with your mediation services in a nut shell was when after I lost it…you completely helped ease the situation with your dry sense of humor and helped me put myself in to perspective.

Jonathan | Divorce Mediation Client

I honestly don’t know what advice I would give you on how to be better. This has been about as smooth as we could hope for, though I guess the fact that we are on pretty amicable terms helps a bit.  Still, I appreciate your quick responsiveness and the fact that you explained every step of the process very clearly. I think we have a clear understanding about how we will proceed, at least in the short term, and I think we both feel good about it.

Jenn | Divorce Mediation Client

I thought the process was beneficial in having a safe / neutral place to discuss everything and hammer it all out. Things are well.  We had court about a month or so ago.   Divorce is absolute Feb 18. Thanks again.

Barb | Elder Family Mediation Client

You were extremely kind and generous…As far as any additional feedback about mediation…I was very happy with what I experienced, I think your policies are fair and practical and I thought your tone and style of communication were comforting and inviting. Thank you for everything.

Susan | Divorce Mediation Client

You are really good at what you do and make a highly emotional experience as tolerable as possible.

Rachael | Divorce Mediation Client

Ben Stich was efficient, effective, skillful and considerate when managing our divorce mediation. His cost was more than fair for the services we required. He was generous with his time, never pushy, never judgmental and he was always thoughtful.

Rod | Divorce Mediation Client

Ben did a great job. His calm and friendly demeanor put me at ease and made the experience a calm and reasonable affair. Showed genuine interest in the best outcome for both me and my ex. Expedient and efficient in going through the process and explains it clearly and fully, allowing us to be fully prepared when finalizing divorce. Would highly recommend Ben for people in need of a mediator.

Conflict Resolution Workshop Participant

The two hours went by so quickly. I feel like I have many new tools to use and bring in to my professional and personal relationships.

Rich | Divorce Mediation Client

Ben guided us through the divorce process and was always available to answer any questions along the way.  He made a very stressful time much less stressful with his calm demeanor and positive approach.

Anonymous | Divorce Mediation Client

Thank you so much for your help and guidance. You were great to work with and I appreciated your calm direction and keeping us on track. Thank you also for working within our very tight timeline. It is nice for both of us that we can now move forward.

 Lauren | Parent Mediation Client

Hi Ben,

Thank you so much for all your help over the past few weeks! I know that [we] would not have been able to reach so many agreements and discuss our issues in a reasonable way without your guidance…Again, many thanks for all your help with this!


His background as a licensed independent clinical social worker with his divorce mediation experience makes Ben a very effective mediator, especially for parents interested in putting their children first during the divorce process.

Fred | Divorce Mediation Client | November 2016

Working with Ben has excellent…he is really good at what he does.

Kim | Divorce Mediation Client | December 2016

I am so thankful that we decided on mediation for our divorce. And I am especially thankful that our paths led to Ben! Ben was not only professional, but his knack for keeping topics organized, keeping us on track and in a peaceful and efficient manner was outstanding. As we know, this is a very emotional event to begin with, but he was always most understanding, kind and thoughtful as we worked out our issues. His guidance and ability to stay neutral was impressive and he held true to his role in this process. He was knowledgeable and was able to direct us to resources outside of the process, provided us with all of the pertinent documentation and was most accessible and responsive. I would highly recommend Ben if you feel that mediation is right for you. Best wishes.

Anonymous | Divorce Mediation Client | March 2017

I found your knowledge of the divorce process to be excellent and it made for easier and less stressful mediation sessions.  Also, filling out the forms is quite intimidating, but you were able to guide us through them with ease.  That alone would have been stressful if not for your guidance.

Wife | Divorce Mediation Client | August 2017

Working with Ben was great as he was neutral when conversations became heated and he was able to manage the process well to keep the momentum moving…I personally appreciated the added recommendations when needed, such as a therapist for [my child].

Amy | Divorce Mediation Client | September 2017

Our divorce was intense and emotional for me and Ben really did a great job helping us figure out how to forge ahead. I was worried about how my husband would react to me and Ben made sure the mediation was as safe and comfortable as possible. He also made great referrals to other professionals, including a financial planner who helped me understand and gain control over my financial future. I would recommend Ben to anyone needing help resolving divorce, especially if there is a lot of conflict.

Bill | Divorce Mediation Client | December 2017

Ben was quick and thorough with this difficult process. He made us very comfortable throughout this process.

Casey | Divorce Mediation Client | January 2018

Hi Ben, we had our hearing and it was super easy thanks to you so thank you for that.  All the other people were so unorganized and we breezed right through.  Hope you had a great Holiday.

Teleia | Divorce Mediation Client | January 2018

You don’t want to meet with Ben as it’s incredibly painful to admit the time has come to separate and divorce one’s significant other when you originally married for life. However, Ben takes the sting out of the entire matter by setting aside the emotional component and instead encourages both parties to focus on the issue at hand: the divorce agreement. He’s incredibly balanced, helpful, and patient. At times, he can serve as a therapist when you least expect it, and he’s highly confidential. I highly recommend him if you’re able to work with the party you’re leaving, as you will save a lot of money and ultimately headaches with Ben.

Melissa | Divorce Mediation Client | January 2018

I’ve been meaning to send you a quick note, but have been so busy I keep forgetting. Our divorce was approved on 11/29/17.  The judge was happy with how we addressed everything. I cannot thank you enough for making a difficult situation unbelievably easy.

Richard | Divorce Mediation Client | January 2018

Ben’s services took what could have been a very costly and emotionally draining effort, and helped us get to a fair solution for the whole family. He had a full understanding of all the needed steps. He gave guidance where needed and kept us focused on what really mattered. Any couple heading to divorce should do everything they can to make mediation the starting place and there is no better than Ben Stich. I highly recommend Ben.

Anonymous | Divorce Mediation Clients (Husband and Wife) | January 2018

We met with Ben for a free consultation and found it to be a good way to assess whether or not mediation with Ben would work for us. Ben took his time with us and answered all of our questions, so we decided to work with him. During this most difficult and emotional time in our lives, it was important that both of us felt comfortable in this decision.

We found Ben to be easy to talk to, direct, and compassionate. He would make sure that we discussed what we were ready to talk about, and kept us on track so that we made sure to address everything necessary in order to complete our agreement. Ben was honest in his approach with us, and made sure that we understand the process every step of the way. He is available outside of appointment times via phone/email and will respond to you in a timely manner. We would recommend Ben Stich for divorce mediation services.

Comments from Audience Evaluations from NASW Conference Workshop titled Mediation 101: Divorce and Family Conflict Resolution | April 2018

  • Thank you. Very informative speaker
  • Enjoyed the activities!
  • Great informative workshop
  • Wonderful for professional and personal guidance
  • I loved / really enjoyed the activities
  • Excellent presentation – wish it was longer, so rich, not enough time
  • Awesome!
  • Good presentation. Nice activities
  • Enjoyed the interaction between presenter and group
  • Well done, so good and so useful!
  • Very helpful workshop and good to learn how social work skills can be applied differently + effectively
  • Well prepared presentation
  • Excellent presentation – wish it was longer, so rich, not enough time
  • Really interesting and relaly nicely presented! Ben is a credit to the social work profession
  • Great information overall topics were clear information, loved the line exercise
  • Very informative overview of family mediation. Thank you!
  • Great presenter and informative. Increased my interest on this topic!
  • Great presenter, nice interaction with group

Anonymous | Divorce Mediation Client | May 2018

Settling all of the issues pertaining to the divorce is an emotionally draining experience. I felt you did a great job maintaining neutrality and trying to keep us on task, even when emotions were running high.  Can’t think of any [changes/suggestions] to be honest! I think it went well.

Anonymous | Divorce Mediation Client | June 2018

Thank you very much for your help in preparing the documents and your advice/guidance. We were in court yesterday and everything went smoothly. It was a pleasure working with you, and both me and [my wife] would like to thank you for your efforts.

Anonymous | High Conflict Parent Education Program Participant | September 2018

I hope your morning is going well!  Thank you for the sending along the Graduation Certificate and I really got a lot out of the class.  I appreciate the feedback and continue to try to use everything I learned. Have a great day!

Anonymous | Divorce Mediation | October 2018

Our divorce was finalized recently. You were very kind and helpful to us at a very difficult time in our lives, Ben. You helped us work things out to get to a better place that we needed to be. Thanks so much for everything.

Aaron | Divorce Mediation Client | November 2018

The hearing on Friday went fine. The judge did not seem concerned about any of the details in the separation agreement so it must have been reasonable. Our experience with you was very positive. It was a difficult process and you helped us navigate through some thorny issues. Thanks again for your thoughtful and professional service. Wishing you all success moving forward.

Brandon | Divorce Mediation Client | January 2019

Our hearing was on…[and] everything went well and should be finalized by  the end of January. The entire process was great but most of all your knowledge was helpful for us. I really can’t think of anything to change at the moment I would recommend your mediation services to anyone looking to see a mediator… I have recommended you to a co worker who is going through a similar situation. Thanks again for all of your help!

Marc | Divorce Mediation Client | January 2019

I worked with Ben throughout my divorce mediation process and I can say without a shred of doubt that his involvement had a positive influence over the outcome. Ben is patient, methodical, knowledgeable, and he was able to provide a number of valuable references (e.g., attorneys, real-estate appraisers, financial specialists, etc.). Ben is a consummate professional and treated each of us with respect and compassion. I would highly recommend Mediation and Family Services to friends, family, and anyone who may need help with family collaboration.

Anonymous | Divorce Mediation Client | June 2019

Speaking for myself, I feel you made this process very easy.  While I understand that our situation was pretty smooth overall, at no point did I think you extended the time we spent with you unnecessarily, which is a big deal when we are being billed per hour.  I think you spent the time with us wisely and efficiently and dealt with some of our emotional outbursts in a very professional manner.  I can’t imagine what you have to deal with in a more contentious divorce, and it probably takes a lot of empathy, understanding, and patience which are qualities we could all stand to have more of. Thank you again for getting us to this point and I feel better about all three of our futures moving forward after going through this process than I did before we started.
I [also] appreciated the different point of view on a lot of subjects, and also the detail at which you went into some aspects (such as the level of hotel if I needed one), as well as you bringing up topics and subjects that we didn’t even think about (i.e. introducing new significant others, what [our daughter] is “allowed” to call them, etc.).